“We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams, “
Arthur O’Shaughnessy (1871)
With the much anticipated (and soon to be unveiled) manifesto, I am quite sure that many of us have been thinking what our ideal cocktail of policies may be. There will almost certainly be pledges regarding taxation, benefits, foreign policy and the EU. All important and necessary ideas to be shaped and sorted into palatable bite sized chunks. But spare a thought for those of us poor, lost souls who crave not so much well thought out policy pieces, but dashing ideas that challenge the mind and make our hearts swell with pride for a nation we may feel is lost.
Conviction politics might seem a little out-dated (why? why? why?) and consensus politics the new vogue, but what issues really win hearts? I support UKIP not because I think they will manage the minutia of government in radically different ways, but because I feel that UKIP is a party that has fire in its belly and the courage to carry through with conviction.
With this in mind, I would like to present my Desert Island Top 5 wish list for passions that will shape the upcoming manifesto:
The idea that a country and its people should control their own destiny resonates greatly with many people (just look at UKIP’s stunning success in the EU elections). By what right does another country, organization or agency have the power to rule over us in a supposed democracy?
Social mobility through education
Education is the key to a life well lived. The common exercise of levelling to the lowest bar of quality not only denies British youth the skills they need to succeed financially in life, but also the skills they need to enjoy that life fully. Lack of wealth should never be a measure of the education one is entitled to.
How can any government plan, implement and deliver successful services (schools, education, housing) if they don’t have the faintest idea of a) how many people are already here or b) how many people are arriving this year? To even propose a balanced budget is an exercise in deceit when you have no idea what the population will be by the end of the financial year.
Imagine organizing a dinner party, the food the chairs, the drinks. You may plan for a specific number, but then the guests arrive and there are twice as many as anticipated. The result? Nowhere to sit, not enough to eat and a big group of disappointed guests.
We trust the government with everything that is dear to us. We have expectations that the management and the administration of our future is in good, honest, capable hands. I am not an expert in accounting, but profits and loss? Debits and credits? Surely a set of balanced books (perhaps even a quarterly report) is not too much to ask.
Rule of law
For me this is the very essence of what I imagine a perfect society to be. All people are equal under the law. Speaks for itself really.
So that’s my wish list, I hope that some of you will comment below with yours…
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